Youth Lyric

Youth Lyric is one of Ireland’s largest youth arts organisations aiming to give young men and women greater confidence and improved skills through the medium of drama. There are currently over 300 students attending weekly from throughout NI and the organisation also offers a bursary scheme.  2012’s production of Roald Dahl’s The BFG at The Waterfront Hall was a great success and enjoyed by all who attended.

In recent times, trouble at interface areas of East Belfast has been rife.  Young people were involved in rioting and Youth Lyric together with links in local schools, felt more could be done to bring school children together on a cross community basis and to contribute to long term peace, reconciliation and improve community relations. 

Youth Lyric devised a project which would involve children attending Avoniel Primary in Newtownards Road and St. Matthew’s Primary, Short Strand with the aim of bringing the children together through drama workshops.  They were successfully awarded £4,050 towards the East Belfast Peaceline Project.

Through the project, Youth Lyric were able to bring the young people together in safe neutral spaces and encourage them to meet new friends and learn new skills.  The young people met on four occasions and a space was created where friendships could be developed.  The children were able to work with HND Performing Arts students and professional actors such as Sheelagh O’Kane.  They also got the opportunity to attend the Youth Lyric performance of The BFG at the Waterfront Studio, which they thoroughly enjoyed.

Feedback from both schools was excellent and due to the success of the project, Youth Lyric would like to run the project again on an annual basis.

The Youth Lyric East Belfast Schools’ Project was a wonderful opportunity for our pupils to learn new theatre skills and then see how they can be put into practice by going to see the Youth Lyric Production of The BFG. The children from St. Matthew’s Primary School loved working with pupils from Avoniel Primary School and visiting each other’s schools to take part in workshops with the students and the Director of the show, Sheelagh O’Kane. 

Mr. J. Mc Guinness, Principal, St. Matthew’s Primary School, Belfast.


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